NZ Herald reports:
“If he had have been stood down at the outset that would have been against the presumption of innocence I think every New Zealander – whether you’re a sports star, politician or radio journalist – are entitled to,” he told Radio New Zealand.
He said the presumption of innocence is “fundamental” to the justice system.
What nonsense. Thousands of people get stood down while allegations are investigated. Helen Clark did it on many occassions. A stand down does not in any way go against a criminal presumption of innocence.
“He was entitled to have his case investigated properly, as it was by the police, without the sort of allegations, wild allegations, that were made concerning him and the situation that in the end he felt made it impossible for him to continue in his role.”
You mean unlike Richard Worth, who had Phil Goff jumping up and down making all sorts of wild allegations against him?
The hypocrisy is just so immense.Tags: Darren Hughes, Phil Goff